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How to Make a Cheeky Melting Snowman Cake

A tower of bundt cakes gets topped with the most adorable (if a little panicky) snowman. By nature, this intentionally drippy cake has forgiving decor — it's easier to recreate than you think.

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He's Melting!

With a face that almost (almost!) makes you want to save him from sliding down his dessert mountain, this snowman brings instant cheer to any winter gathering. Plus, this is one cake where decor doesn't usurp deliciousness — there's an extra tasty (and beautiful) surprise that appears when you slice the bundts. Follow along to learn how to make this holiday treat.

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Grab Your Pans

To truly make this cake the centerpiece of your dessert spread, we placed the snowman on a towering "hill" of bundt cakes. You'll need a 10-cup bundt pan, a 4-cup bundt pan and a cupcake pan (the cupcakes will turn into the snowman — read on to see how).

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Swirl the Batter

For extra holiday pizzazz, we swirled a peppermint cake batter (dressed up with red food coloring) into vanilla batter. To start, spray your bundt pans with a flour-based baking spray. Alternate layers of vanilla batter and peppermint batter in each bundt pan until the pans are about 3/4 full. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the two batter colors together.

Then line a cupcake pan with seven paper liners. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.

Not a fan of peppermint? Follow the cake batter instructions in the full recipe, but skip separating the portion to be flavored and colored.

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Bake the Cakes

In an oven preheated to 325 degrees F, bake the cupcakes for 15 to 20 minutes, the 4-cup bundt for 30 to 35 minutes and the 10-cup bundt for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a toothpick tester comes out clean. When the cakes are done, turn them out onto wire racks to cool completely.

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